New government ministries of Happiness, Tolerance and Youth Affairs have been created in the United Arab Emirates.
UAE Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also Ruler of Dubai, made the announcement at the World Government Summit this week.
Ohood Al Roumi takes the new job of Minister of Happiness.
She will also keep her previous function of General Manager of the Office of the Prime Minister. She’ll have a long commute as the Federal Government is based in the federal capital Abu Dhabi and the PM’s office in Dubai.
She will be flanked by Lubna Al-Qassimi at the newly created Ministry of Tolerance. Al-Qassimi is also Minister of International Cooperation and Development, which is a vital part of the UAE’s diversification strategy for the economy.
From 2011 to 2015, she topped the most influent Arab women’s power list.
Another new-born Ministry, of Youth Affairs, goes to 22-year Shamma Mazroui, who holds a Master’s degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.
The new government is made of 29 ministers in total, eight newly created, five of these eight are women and the average age is 38.
according to the national press agency WAM.
With its energy wealth, the UAE, has been able to avoid the turmoil which has engulfed large swathes of the Middle East.
The country, which has changed beyond recognition as a result of economic immigration in recent decades says it is now focusing on better integration within its society
The immense majority of the workforce in the UAE is made of foreigners with only a few Emiratis filling mid-level jobs. This helps explain why the Ministry of Labor has been renamed Ministry of Emiratisation.
However in the UN’s happiness list the country ranks 20th, just ahead of the UK, a position it is clearly hoping to improve.
Picture caption: L-R Lubna Al Qassimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, Shamma Al Mazroui, Minister of state for Youth affairs.